- Honk! Jr – It’s a Wrap!
- Staffing News
- NAPLAN Results – Year 3 and Year 5
- From the Head of Teaching and Learning
- Team Mini-Olympics – Friday 8 September
- Assemblies – Term 4 Onwards
- Visual Art Exhibition – Save the Date!
- Let's Get Social - A fun night out!
- Second-hand Uniform Shop
- Reminder of Requirement of Notice of Withdrawal
- School Holiday Soccer Camps
- WOODLEIGH GOLF DAY - 17 NOVEMBER 2017
- Dates to Remember
Honk! Jr – It’s a Wrap!
“It takes all sorts to make a world, and you said yourself that the duck yard would be boring if we all looked the same, so I’ve decided to come back with you – to be different. I was different as a duckling and now I’ll be just as different as a swan. I like being me. I like my honk. I like being different.”
Many thanks to you all for your support of and attendance at our recent performances of Honk Jr. The Musical. I know you were just as impressed as I was by the colourful performances and incredible array of talent displayed by all our wonderful children, and what heartfelt messages they conveyed throughout. Our Year 6 students did a particularly amazing job of leading the shows. One has to remember, they are only 12 years old, and they combined complex dialogue, superb singing and delightful choreography. A brilliant effort all round.
I would like to thank the truly dedicated Minimbah Staff for their unwavering support of the show. They go well beyond the call of duty to ensure the children are continuously encouraged to do their best. To our Musical Director, Mrs Sue Fletcher, I extend my congratulations on a wonderfully bright and musically rich show. I also extend my congratulations to Ms Serena Wong, our Director, who so beautifully and supportively directed the children in their performances. Her unique warmth and love for the children ensured the show exuded joy and humour.
We will be producing a video of the show, which you will be able to purchase soon.
Minimbah's Director of Music, Mrs Hayley Blakiston, has recently accepted a new position in the Music Department at Brighton Grammar School. Hayley has been a dedicated member of the Minimbah Team for the last 12 years and has provided wonderful leadership of the Music Program including both the Classroom and Instrumental programs. Hayley is the consummate professional and is extremely passionate about primary music education. I congratulate Hayley on her new appointment and I am sure you join me in wishing her all the best as she transitions from her role here at Woodleigh to her new adventures at Brighton Grammar.
Mrs Sarah Gow, our Director of Pathways, will be taking some well-deserved Long Service Leave for the first four weeks of next term. Mrs Emma Streader will cover Sarah’s responsibilities during her leave.
Mrs Noeleen Martin, Year 5M classroom teacher, will also be taking some Long Service Leave and will be absent form school in Week 10 this term and Week 1 next term. Mrs Lisa Rix will cover Noeleen’s class during her absence.
I am also taking some leave to travel to the United States to undertake a leadership course and I will be visiting several schools that are leading the way in personalised learning. I will be absent from school from Wednesday 13 September and return on Thursday 11 October. Mrs Jo Smart and Mrs Sally Webb will be Acting Co-Heads of Campus during my absence. Please do not hesitate to contact either one of them if there is something you wish to raise or discuss. If you have something urgent you wish to discuss with me before I take leave, please give Kerrie a call to set up a mutually convenient time.
NAPLAN results have been distributed this week. Please don’t hesitate to contact classroom teachers, should you wish to discuss the results.
I’m sharing an excerpt from a letter which often does the rounds when standardised test results are distributed. I like the sentiments expressed and I think the words are worth remembering in the light of sharing NAPLAN results with your children.
“…I am concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you the way your teachers do, and certainly not the way your families do.
They do not know that you can play a musical instrument or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day.
They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school.
They do not know that you have travelled to a really great place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends.
They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best… the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything.
So, enjoy your results and be very proud of these but remember there are many ways of being smart.”
Introducing the PYP and MYP
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the parents who attended our recent Information Evening on the PYP and MYP. The event presented an opportunity to provide insight into the key elements and features of the two programmes, as well as the process for investigating their potential fit for the school. Special thanks are given to our guest speaker on the evening, Dr Marcia Behrenbruch, the IB’s Regional Development and Recognition Officer, for her informative presentation. Parent feedback from the evening will be used to help inform the evaluation of the programmes, in terms of their alignment with the philosophy and aspirations of our school. A final decision about the possible adoption of the programmes will be made towards the end of Term 3, with parents to be notified in due course.
Reflection on a learning journey
Earlier this term, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit a number of leading education institutions in the United States and Singapore, as part of a study tour. The tour began with an extended workshop that was facilitated by two Senior Lecturers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drs Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer. Peter and Otto are hugely influential figures in the area of organisational learning, with much of their recent work focused on leading innovation in the area of education. The workshop brought together a diverse collection of participants to explore the challenges of leading effective collaboration for sustainable change. The event provided plenty of inspiration, along with lots of practical insight into recent work being conducted around the world with the development of ‘learning ecosystems’ to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The learning from the workshop will help to inform the ongoing development of the school’s educational programs and networks, as well as the learning opportunities for our students, in the year ahead.
Another highlight of the trip was a visit to the Centre for Educational Development at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. Republic Polytechnic provides innovative diploma programs for students aged 16 and up in Singapore through the use of problem-based learning (PBL). The Polytechnic’s highly successful PBL approach involves students each day in collaboratively solving real-world problems, as related to their specialised studies in areas from engineering and environmental science to hospitality and management. The final year of each diploma sees students immersed in authentic settings through their completion of an extended, real-world project for a host business or organisation. The creative approach adopted by the Polytechnic offers considerable insight into the next wave of educational reform internationally, and a strong reference point for our ongoing development as a school.
Dr Richard Owens
Head of Teaching and Learning
Or annual Team Mini-Olympics will be held this Friday 8 September in the Minimbah Gym.
Foundation – Year 3: 9.45am–12.10pm
Years 4–6: 12.50–3.10pm
Students will participate in a series of activities based on Olympic sports and disciplines, scoring points for their teams as they compete.
They will be grouped according to their year levels and team colours.
- Foundation – Year 3: Red (Sharks), Blue (Seadragons,) Green (Stingrays), Gold (Barracudas)
- Years 4–6: Red, Blue, Green, Gold
Parents and friends are welcome to attend to cheer on the children.
Having moved assemblies to Tuesday afternoons in Term 1 and 2 this year, we have recently concluded a review of the change. In response to feedback from staff, students and parents, we have made the call to move assemblies back to the Thursday morning time slot.
I will provide an updated assembly schedule early next term for the remainder of 2017.
‘Minimbah Perspectives 2017’
We warmly invite you to attend our forthcoming Visual Art Exhibition to be held on Thursday 12 October from 3.30–6.30pm. Students' artwork from Foundation to Year 6 will be on display. We will have an Art Auction too, with every class from Foundation to Year 6 making a collaborative canvas for sale.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The Second-hand Uniform Shop will be open each Thursday morning from 8.30–9.30am through to the end of Term 3.
Please be aware of the requirement to provide the School with a full term’s notice in writing, if you intend to withdraw your son or daughter from Woodleigh School.
Join us at the picturesque Flinders Golf Club for a fun and active afternoon of golf, networking and hospitality!
Open to our entire Woodleigh Community (and friends) past, present and future, we will be playing Ambrose style in groups of 4 (if booking as a group, please follow the prompts when booking).
Following golf, join Principal Jonathan Walter and other Woodleigh staff members as we host drinks and nibbles in the club house.
Prizes will be on offer including nearest the pin and longest drive – as well as the inaugural trophy being awarded to the winning group.
What a great way to tee off the weekend and get to know other Woodleigh people!
Please feel free to contact me for further details – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0409 663 212.
Director of Alumni and School Development
Friday 8 Sept – Team Mini-olympics, Minimbah Gym from 9.45am
Thursday 14 Sept – Round Square, Year 5 and 6 Mini-conference (selected students)
Wednesday 20 Sept – Year 3 and 4 Camp departs, Golden Valleys Resort
Friday 22 Sept – Year 3 and 4 Camp returns
Friday 22 Sept – Term 3 concludes at 3.20pm
Tuesday 10 Oct – Term 4 Commences at 8.50am
Thursday 19 Oct – Visual Art Exhibition, 3.30–6.30pm
Friday 20 Oct – Year 2 Sleepover